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Browse our reports to find out about Ontario’s universities’ role in everything from jobs and skills to health care and community transformation.
In Partnering to Drive Ontario’s Recovery through Talent and Innovation, we outline how, as Ontario looks to rebuild and recover from COVID-19, Ontario’s universities are at the forefront of rebuilding a world-class health-care system; developing job-ready graduates; driving regional economic development; and creating solutions to Ontario’s challenges. Because of these critical contributions, a sustainable world-class university education system will be more important than ever.
COVID-19 has created a shift in the types of skills employers need and has only accelerated change in an ever-evolving labour market. To help build a strong foundation for talent, now and in the future, Ontarians will need increased access to reskilling and upskilling opportunities, such as micro-credential, short-duration and continuing education programs, that also support life-long learning throughout their careers.
Ontario’s universities have a vital role to play in the economic recovery of Ontario’s communities and they contribute to the provincial and regional GDP in substantial ways. The October 2021 Conference Board of Canada report, Economic Impact of Ontario Universities: Assessing the Regional Economic Impacts of Universities in Ontario, tells us that the combined impact of spending from Ontario university activities ($45.6 billion) and human capital development ($50.6 billion) is $96.2 billion annually, corresponding to 11.7% of provincial GDP during the 2018–2019 period.